Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Narien Teas
Keemun Hao-Ya A is a top-grade Black Keemun tea from the town of Qi Men in the Anhui province of China – north of Fujian.
Prominent silver tips which brew into a reddish-gold cup with a full-bodied fruity, sweet flavor.
This is an excellent Keemun, one of the finest I’ve tasted.
The tea brews up very dark and almost looks like a cup of black coffee! The flavor is much better than coffee though, so says this former coffee drinker!
This Keemun is rich and full-bodied. It has a fruit flavor to it that reminds me of fresh plums ripened in the summer sun. The flavor possesses notes that are slightly musty and woodsy. There is a burnt-sugar-like sweetness to the cup as well that is nicely contrasted by a savory bitterness that hits the palate at about mid-sip. It finishes clean and dry like a fine wine, but with a lighter astringency than a wine might have.
I prefer Keemun teas when hot and this one is no exception. I find that the notes come across much more distinctly when the tea is hot … as it cools the flavors do become slightly muted. This Keemun tastes great served straight, or with a little milk and honey, if you like. It makes a great wake-me-up tea in the morning, and might be a little heavy for an afternoon tea – not for me though, because at the moment I am drinking this later in the day.
A spectacular Keemun!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!